Book Review: The Routledge Atlas of the First World War (Routledge Historical Atlases) 4th Edition


by Gilbert, Martin

Routledge, Nage. 246. Maps, biblio., notes, index.. $30.15. ISBN:978-1032049557

Mapping the Great War

An Outstanding Atlas of the Great War

First published in 1970, and now in its fourth edition, to say that this is a classic work is an understatement.

The author of nearly 90 books in history, the late Sir Martin (1936-2015) was an inveterate “amateur” cartographer and for his own research created simple, clear, black and white maps with an extraordinary amount of detail. A map might have one or more blocks of text to explain what was being depicted, some even including tables to present statistical data.

The maps not only cover purely military matters, but diplomacy, national objectives, communications networks, geographical consequences of the peace settlements, the ethnic profiles of various countries, food riots in Germany, allied procurement of horses, the origins of U.S. troops by state, changes in the gold reserves of the various nations, military executions, and more.

Essential for the study of W. W. I.

Reviewer: A. A. Nofi   

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